"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
I think we can agree that this has been an insane year.
For me, the craziness began in January when my grandma started getting sick. She was hospitalized for a few weeks and then placed in an at-home hospice program.
At-home hospice meant that a few of us had to take turns giving her 24/7 care. It was stressful enough to see my grandma’s health rapidly decline, but being her aid elevated my stress level through the roof.
It was not an easy task.
I remember needing a self-care day at the beginning of February. I just wanted to do one thing for myself—get my hair done.
I had a hair appointment for later that week, but I asked my hairstylist if I can come that day as a walk-in. When I got to her shop, she said she couldn’t take me.
That was the very thing that took me over the edge. I walked away and had a breakdown in the middle of the street. I started crying hysterically and I couldn’t breathe.
I knew my minor anxiety attack wasn’t about the disappointment of not getting my hair done. I just needed a break from life.
Grandma passed away a couple of weeks later. And without having a moment to grieve, COVID-19 shut down the world. It was a lot to bear.
Now it’s December 8, my birthday, and I can honestly say that God has truly blessed me this year and kept me through it all. It’s funny how that works. At the moment, you feel like you can’t move on, but then you look back and realize that you did.
Even though this year started extremely rocky, God used it to work some things out of me and in me. And I got the break that I needed to recalibrate my life.
Every year on my birthday, I share a nugget of birthday wisdom. If there’s one thing that I can take away from this year, it’s that waiting seasons are not wasted seasons unless you don’t take advantage of them.
Proverbs 3:5-7 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."
Just as you trust a GPS to get you where you need to go, when you trust in God, He will be the GPS of your life. And unlike faulty technology, God will never steer you the wrong way. He always knows what’s best for you even when you don’t understand what He’s doing.
God is working while you are waiting. Take advantage of your waiting seasons by reading the Bible more and focusing on the things that truly matter to you.
And when you think you can’t move forward, remember your last bad season or day. If God can help you get through that, He can help you get through anything.
Keep learning and growing, and watch God do amazing things in your life. The tougher the season, the greater your harvest will be.
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